Following several spurts of regional touring earlier in the year, New Jersey-based prog trio SO IS THE TONGUE have announced their next wave of D.I.Y. touring. While the band are still hammering down several more shows on the second half of the routing, they have confirmed the first week of performances as they prepare to take on the southern U.S. The confirmed itinerary at press time is listed below and will be updated in the coming days.
Besides simply a tour to for the band to perform their music for humans, the trek has a deeper purpose Dan Sroka, a close friend of the band, is currently fighting off the vile thing called cancer, and SO IS THE TONGUE have started a fund to help defer some of his hefty medical bills, where a portion of their tour proceeds will be sent. So if you reside anywhere in the vicinity of any of these shows, please come out and support the cause. And even if you’re nowhere nearby, donations to the fund can be made RIGHT HERE.
SO IS THE TONGUE‘s music transcends from its convoluted jazz, folk, progressive metal, post-rock and other diversified origins into surreal and ultimately unique movements. They released their sophomore LP A Child of Divorce in January of this year via Nefarious Industries, an indie label formed by members of the band as well as several cohorts in East Of The Wall, El Drugstore, and more. The instrumental tracks for the album were recorded at The Thousand Caves by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice) and the vocals recorded by Chris Alfano (East of the Wall, Argonauts).
In March 2012 SO IS THE TONGUE parted ways with long-time drummer Justin Thouret and went on the road with Dan Romans of the DRX. In June, Greg Meisenberg (A Fucking Elephant) put down the bass guitar to take over drum duties, and the band has since been working with bassist Jon Rosen. Helmed by guitarist/vocalist and founding member Ron Varod (Kayo Dot), the trio will continue to write and tour through the remainder of the year.
SO IS THE TONGUE Confirmed Tour Dates:
8/03/2012 Chapala Blue Beetle Rock Bar – Burtonsville, MD w/ Billows, Questioner, Fat Chick Meat Haul
8/04/2012 The Birdhouse – Knoxville, TN w/ Tabula Rasa, more TBA
8/05/2012 TBA – AL
8/06/2012 The Squeaky Lizard – Ocean Springs, MS
8/07/2012 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
8/08/2012 The Wormhole – Savannah, GA w/ Magic Places
Stay tuned for the final/complete tour routing to be announced in the days ahead.
“So is the Tongue have a musical personality all their own, which makes for a great auditory experience. 9/10” – American Aftermath
“…So Is The Tongue never succumb to the trappings of overt-technicality at the expense of good songwriting.” – Brooklyn Vegan
“…the entirety of A Child of Divorce is a fantastic conceptual piece that highlights the inherent talent this 3-piece has in terms of chemistry, individual instrumental prowess and for penning interesting hooks, grooves and pieces of songs that burst out at you suddenly and ferociously. 4/5” – Music Emissions
“…if you are open to the true prog rock – the progressive kind – and you have a little patience then it will be a valuable discovery for you.” – Lords of Metal